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21 Sep 2014
22 Sep 2014
Guess who's 10-2?
And who has won eight in a row, including four on the road
Portland Trail Blazers 91, MILWAUKEE BUCKS 82
Wednesday night, Bradley Center, 11,789 announced attendance
The Blazers won ugly (41 percent from the field), won with defense, won with balanced scoring and won on the final night of a 4-0 trip.
Portland led 53-51 at the half, then controlled the second half. The Bucks never got closer than five points in the fourth quarter.
WHAT IT MEANS
The Blazers pushed their win streak to eight games and improved to 10-2.
Portland is a half-game behind the NBA leaders, Indiana in the East and San Antonio in the West, who are 10-1.
LaMarcus Aldridge (21 points, seven rebounds), Damian Lillard (19 points) and hometown product Wesley Matthews from Marquette (15 points, 13 in the first quarter, all in the first half) led the way offensively for Portland. Nic Batum had a team-high 8 assists, 8 points and 8 rebounds.
Milwaukee point guard Luke Ridnour, a former Oregon Ducks star, had a team-high 13 points.
Milwaukee has lost six games in a row and is 8-2. The Bucks' last victory was Nov. 6 versus Cleveland.
Portland had no fast-break points. Milwaukee had seven.
Aldridge: "Guys are playing great."
Blazers center Robin Lopez: "We came out in the second half and decided we had to be the aggressors on defense, and if we had to we had to get on the floor to secure the ball. We were playing good defense in the first half but just not securing the possessions."
The Blazers return home for a 7 p.m. PT Friday game against Chicago (6-3).